By Isaac Adams-Hands

This article explains how to automatically add your Facebook Status to a website without having a Facebook Fan Page and Like Box. The benefits to this are:

  • increased referral traffic to your website
  • higher SEO ranking
  • less updates on various sites, making daily updates easier, especially from mobile devices
  • increase user engagement

1. Log into facebook.com >> enter facebook.com/notifications in the url bar

2. Click on the RSS link

Facebook Notifications

Facebook Notifications - Click to enlarge

3. In the url bar, replace “/notifications.php” with “/status.php” 

RSS

RSS Feed - Click to enlarge

e.g.  feed:http://www.facebook.com/feeds/notifications.php?id=xxxxx&viewer=xxxxx&key=xxxxx&format=rss20

e.g.  feed:http://www.facebook.com/feeds/status.php?id=xxxxx&viewer=xxxxx&key=xxxxx&format=rss20

Status

Status - Click to enlarge

4. In WordPress, go to Appearance >> Widgets

Add the RSS widget to the sidebar and enter your personal status url:

e.g. feed:http://www.facebook.com/feeds/status.php?id=xxxxx&viewer=xxxxx&key=xxxxx&format=rss20

*remember, if you are using Facebook secure browsing (https), remember to remove the “S” in http.

Widget

Widget - Click to enlarge

5. Test to make sure everything is running smoothly

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5 Responses to How-to: Add your Facebook Status to WordPress

  1. Mohamad says:

    Isaac, thank you for this post. Do you know of a way where I can pull the feed from a Facebook page rather than a profile? I tried following the same steps for a fan page, but each time I changed notifications.php to status.php, Facebook asked me if I want to switch contexts, from viewing as the fan page to viewing as myself. After I agree, my own RSS is loaded.

    Any idea?

  2. miahelf says:

    To view a fan page you don’t need to be logged in or anything. So, in WordPress where it says “Enter the RSS feed URL here” put this instead:

    http://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?format=atom10&id=YOURFBFANPAGEID

    For example, viewing Jon Stewart’s fan page the URL looks like this, and the string of numbers at the end is the page ID:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jon-Stewart-for-President/193859733506

  3. Hello , is there any way of rather then having an RSS box have the Facebook status updates automatically post to your WP like a normal blog post?

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